Shannon Takala-Harrison, PhD

Shannon Takala-Harrison PortraitShannon Takala-Harrison, PhD, isan associate professor of medicine and epidemiology and public health at the University of Maryland School of Medicine who has led pioneering molecular and genomic epidemiological studies of malaria.

She currently leads the Genomic Epidemiology Unit within the Malaria Research Program in the Center for Vaccine Development and Global Health and has 20 years of experience conducting multidisciplinary translational research, working closely with international collaborators and genomics experts. She has applied her expertise in epidemiological methods, biostatistics, and population genetics toward understanding the genetic basis of anti-malarial drug resistance and vaccine escape, as well as malaria parasite gene flow/migration to inform malaria elimination strategies.